ViaSat Reviews

Updated July 21, 2015
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ViaSat Chairman and CEO Mark D. Dankberg
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Pros
  • Some really smart people in the company , work-life balance (in 9 reviews)

  • Good benefits, decent compensation, good work environment and the company really does care about its employees (in 13 reviews)

Cons
  • Long hours are to be expected and there is a sort of herd mentality that you need to adapt to (in 7 reviews)

  • Non-engineers could really use an org-chart and escalation path to get work done (in 4 reviews)

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  1. Software Engineer

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Quincy, MA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Quincy, MA

    I worked at ViaSat full-time (More than a year)

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The benefits are nice Friendly atmosphere Low pressure environment Work with lots of interesting technologies SPACE!

    Cons

    Larger company means it's harder to see the results of your actions Little direction from management

    Advice to Management

    Not being bossed around all the time is wonderful, but it's also important to not feel invisible.


  2. Good Company, Bad politics

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at ViaSat full-time

    Pros

    The best benefits you could ask for.

    Cons

    Political BS between Carlsbad and Denver.


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    IT Project Manager

    Current Employee - Project Manager in Encinitas, CA
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Encinitas, CA

    I have been working at ViaSat (More than a year)

    Pros

    Very interesting work and plenty of it! Flexibility with work/ life balance.

    Cons

    By design, organizational structure is flat and titles and responsibility inconsistent across the company.


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  5. Not much of a group enviroment

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    Current Employee - Mechanical Designer in Lawrenceville, GA
    Current Employee - Mechanical Designer in Lawrenceville, GA

    I have been working at ViaSat (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good Pay, and decent benefits.

    Cons

    Not a group design environment. If you're teamed with a good engineer he'll listen to your ideas and comment back on them. He might even incorporate them in the design. Otherwise, you just be given tasks to complete.


  6. Good for engineers

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Carlsbad, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Carlsbad, CA

    I have been working at ViaSat full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Excellent benefits and location, onsite wellness center, free and discounted gym memberships available, many jobs have flexible hours.

    Cons

    If you are not a male engineer, you are in the minority and are treated a little differently. People are promoted to managers without being trained on how to manage people. Lots of chaos. Lack of process and lack of good tools for a corporation of this size.

    Advice to Management

    Improve lines of communication. Spend money on solutions that will reduce the amount of data entry necessary.


  7. Software Emgineer

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at ViaSat full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    flexible schedule, competitive benefit and salary.

    Cons

    Poor internal communication and managements.

    Advice to Management

    I do not have and advice


  8. VIasat

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO

    I have been working at ViaSat

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great Benefits, Great working environment

    Cons

    I can't think of any.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Rather disjointed between HQ and others

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Englewood, CO
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Englewood, CO

    I worked at ViaSat full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Above average compensation, nice facility, subsidies for mass transit, generally nice co-workers, interesting technical problems to solve because the company provides a satellite internet service for residential customers

    Cons

    fairly stressful due to 24/7 operational service requirements and less than robust technology, always seemed as if headquarters (in Carlsbad CA) preferred their engineering staff over branches, project managers from the Dilbert school

    Advice to Management

    Needs to develop a more meritocratic culture; it seemed as if the initiatives were sourced from headquarters with little to no input from the branches.


  10. New

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    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Colorado Springs, CO
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Colorado Springs, CO

    I have been working at ViaSat (More than 8 years)

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Geo location salary work environment

    Cons

    Limited career growth. Egos organization

    Advice to Management

    Select managers with people skills


  11. Slow to no growth

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    Former Employee - Senior Supply Chain Specialist in Carlsbad, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Supply Chain Specialist in Carlsbad, CA

    I worked at ViaSat full-time (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Casual attire and good benefits. Free gym if you attend a minimum requirement. Great technology being developed. Nice campus with onsite cafeteria.

    Cons

    Supply Chain - Management plays favoritism, management does know how to manage, creates low morale with constant org change that demean employees' position and skills.

    Advice to Management

    Stop promoting your friends. Treat all fairly, be transparent, and lead by example. Stop making stupid changes that create only turmoil for the department and internal customers.



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